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  1. Budo Mind and Body

    Budo Mind and Body

    Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    Budo is about learning more than how to fight; true budo is a way of seeking and uncovering meaning in life. Here, Nicklaus Suino, one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese martial arts such as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and karate-do. He reveals the essential components of budo training, including:how to determine the… Read More

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  2. In the Dojo

    In the Dojo

    A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts

    • by
    • Dave Lowry
    Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and… Read More

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  3. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

    Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

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    • Nicklaus Suino
    To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both… Read More

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  4. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    • by
    • Miyamoto Musashi
    The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of… Read More

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  5. Taekwondo

    Taekwondo

    The Essential Introduction

    • by
    • Marc Tedeschi
    This is the first introductory text to accurately portray the world's most widely practiced martial art, Taekwondo, in its entirety. Inclusive of virtually all Taekwondo styles, including Olympic-Style, this unprecedented work integrates traditional and modern approaches, sport and self-defense, in a single concise text. Clearly written and expertly designed and photographed by the author of the landmark 896-page Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique, this unique book is essential… Read More

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  6. The Warrior's Path

    The Warrior's Path

    Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters

    • edited by
    • James Sidney
    "Budo is religion. It's not something you dilly-dally with, practice, and go home. It's part of your life. All martial arts should become that way, part of your life."—Pat Yoshitsugu Murosako, from The Warrior's Path The Warrior's Path presents the timeless wisdom of contemporary masters of the Japanese martial arts—men and women who brought martial arts into the modern era and whose lives have been defined… Read More

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  7. Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts

    Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts

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    • Kenji Tokitsu
    While technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics of a martial artist, true mastery of the art comes by cultivating one's inner strength. Here, Kenji Tokitsu—an authority on Japanese and Chinese combat arts and a respected karate teacher—shows how cultivating ki (life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self-development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally and spiritually rewarding. … Read More

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  8. Kyudo

    Kyudo

    The Way of the Bow

    • by
    • Feliks Hoff
    Kyudo: The Way of the Bow is the authoritative guide to the technique and philosophy of the ancient art of Japanese archery. Originally a samurai discipline, kyudo integrates technical skill with the development of a completely focused and disciplined mind. Influenced by Shintoism and Zen, kyudo is a path of self-development and meditation that requires the archer to cultivate precision, a clear mind, and freedom from fear. This… Read More

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  9. The Shambhala Guide to Kendo

    The Shambhala Guide to Kendo

    • by
    • Minoru Kiyota
    Kendo is the art of swordsmanship that was cultivated by the samurai in medieval Japan and it is an increasingly popular martial art studied in the West today. While most books on kendo focus primarily on kata, or the traditional movements or forms, The Shambhala Guide to Kendo provides a succinct overview of the art as a whole: its historical significance, spiritual teachings, and how it can… Read More

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  10. T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom

    T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom

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    • Linda Lehrhaupt
    Unlike most t'ai chi books, which focus strictly on how to do the t'ai chi forms, T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom presents a personal, practical view of this intriguing martial art. Lehrhaupt shares illuminating stories from her own life and the lives of her students that show how t'ai chi can be a vehicle for profound self-discovery and spiritual growth. In learning to master each… Read More

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